New Hampshire Legal Assistance

Helping to balance the scales of justice for everyone since 1971.

Domestic Violence Legal Help

Domestic Violence Legal Help

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Project represents victims in emergency protective order hearings and in divorce and parenting (custody) cases. The issues typically addressed in these cases are the following: restraining orders and emergency relief, parental rights and responsibilities (child custody and visitation), paternity, child support, alimony and property division.

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Public Benefits

Public Benefits

Benefits Project advocates help individuals obtain the assistance they need to stabilize their income and move toward self-sufficiency as possible. Advocates help the disabled obtain Social Security, SSI, and APTD benefits and access to health care through Medicare and Medicaid. The Project also works for improvements in the APTD/Medicaid system.

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Housing Legal Services

Housing Legal Services

NHLA focuses its efforts on a variety of housing issues with its Housing Justice Project.

Housing Justice Project (HJP) attorneys and paralegals promote equal access to housing for NHLA clients by working on preserving their housing. The HJP helps individuals and families who are either currently without shelter or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The HJP also investigates complaints of discrimination and assists people who are victims of housing discrimination.

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Special Projects

Special Projects

NHLA responds to the emerging needs of clients with new projects and efforts, often in collaboration with other organizations in the state.  Some of these include programs concerning Childrens Dental Health, as well as the Youth Law Project, which works with children and teenagers who are facing delinquency or CHINS petitions.

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Legal Services for Older Adults

Legal Services for Older Adults

The Senior Law Project (SLP) assists our state’s most economically and socially needy seniors with civil legal problems including consumer protection/debt collection, health care, public and private housing, family problems, food stamps, public assistance benefits, utility shut-off, and nursing facility and assisted living/residential care facilities problems.

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Our Mission


During the COVID-19 public health emergency, New Hampshire Legal Assistance is OPEN. Masks are required in NHLA's offices. If you do not have a mask, we will give one to you. If you are feeling sick, please do not come to our offices. We can talk with you by telephone or video meeting instead. To apply for legal assistance, please visit or call 603-224-3333

To fax documents to any NHLA office: 1-833-722-0271

NHLA was awarded the 2022 Nonprofit Impact Award from the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits. Check out NHLA Executive Director, Sarah Mattson Dustin's, acceptance speech in the video below.

NHLA's mission is to fulfill America’s promise of equal justice by providing civil legal services to New Hampshire’s poor, including education and empowerment, advice, representation, and advocacy for systemic change.

We offer our clients high-quality civil legal aid to address the legal problems that affect their daily survival and most basic needs. These services range from simple legal information and advice to vigorous and thorough representation in all of New Hampshire's courts and before many of the local, state and federal agencies which play large roles in their lives. In providing legal services to the poor, NHLA helps ensure the legal system provides the fairness and justice that all New Hampshire residents deserve. 

NHLA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in the delivery of services.

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Truly thankful for the help...

Truly thankful for the help...

I am truly thankful for the help, kindness, [and] treatment that I received right from the first person I talked to. I was very upset and at a very low point and that first person gave me gentle kindness.

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Latest News

Welcome to our NHLA 2022 Summer Interns

Posted Jun 03, 2022

NH Legal Assistance welcomed our summer legal interns this week. They are going to spend the next three months working closely with NHLA advocates in and out of the courtroom. We sat down with each of them so they could share a little bit about themselves and why they are excited to be immersing the more

NHLA Executive Director Sarah Mattson Dustin and NH Chief Justice Gordon MacDonald testify in favor of HB 1343

Posted Apr 18, 2022

Sarah Mattson Dustin, Executive Director of New Hampshire Legal Assistance, joined the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on April 14 to testify in favor of HB 1343. Accompanying her to voice support for the bill was NH Supreme Court Chief Justice Gordon MacDonald. At the end of the he more

Candace Gebhart retires from NHLA, leaves lasting impact on legal aid community

Posted Mar 25, 2022

Over the last 15 years, few at New Hampshire Legal Assistance have been more instrumental in providing essential services to clients than Candace Gebhart. The range of her advocacy is extraordinary, covering access to shelter for homeless persons and families, preventing evictions, enforcing the rig more

New Hampshire Legal Assistance Receives $195,000 Grant from Point32Health Foundation

Posted Feb 24, 2022

New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) was awarded a three-year, $195,000 grant from Point32Health Foundation to support the statewide advocacy movement focused on the health and wellbeing of older Granite Staters. “We are extremely grateful to Point32Health for its generous support," said Cheryl more

Legal Aid Advocates and UNH Law Students Help 100+ Households with Eviction Cases

Posted Jan 06, 2022

Legal aid advocates from NHLA and 603 Legal Aid established eviction clinics to help tenants prepare for their hearings and give them an opportunity to negotiate with their landlords for additional time to apply for rental or utility assistance. Students from the UNH Franklin Pierce School of L more